Texas community colleges are creating ”stackable credentials” for oilfield workers. Students can earn an entry-level certificate quickly, qualify for a job and return to college for more training later as needed. Each credential “stacks” on the one before. Many associate-degree holders earn $50,000 to $70,000 right out of college in “brown” energy jobs.
“Everybody wants to be a nurse,” but not everyone has the math and science skills needed, said Ana Sanchez, the “career and college navigator” at Springfield Technical Community College in Massachusetts. In one or two semesters, students can earn a certificate as a patient care technician or medical admin. They can return to campus to add a higher-level health-care certificate or degree.
North Carolina community colleges have consolidated energy-related job training, creating “stackable” credentials that let students move easily between work and advanced schooling. A worker could earn an entry-level certificate in skills needed by employers, find a job and return later for a higher-level certificate or associate degree that “stacks” on the work previously done.
High-tech manufacturers are hiring, but many job applicants don’t have required math skills.
North American Tool Corp.’s Jim Hoyt has two openings right now . . .
“I’ll write a few numbers down, mostly numbers with decimal points, because that’s what we use in manufacturing, and have them add them or subtract them, or divide by two,” Hoyt says. Job applicants often can’t do the math.
Manufacturers are “growing our own” workers using a system of “stackable” credentials.